As Arsenal travel to Chelsea for the London Derby, we take a look back at previous encounters between the two rivals and bring you some interesting stats.
1000: Chelsea won this fixture 6-0 in March in Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal. It was his heaviest defeat as manager. It was the Blues’ biggest victory against the Gunners, and only the second time Arsenal have lost a Premier League match by a six-goal margin (along with the 8-2 defeat to Manchester United in 2011).
199: Arsenal have conceded 199 goals in Premier League London derbies while Chelsea have conceded 198.
76: Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas leads the league charts this season with six goal assists and has 76 overall, ranking him seventh in the all-time Premier League list.
41: Seventeen of the 41 league goals (41%) conceded by Arsenal in 2013-14 came in defeats away to the three sides that finished above them – at Manchester City (6-3), Liverpool (5-1) and Chelsea (6-0). Each of these games is one that Gunners fans want to forget.
26: They have scored with 26% of their shots this season, the best chance conversion rate in the Premier League prior to this weekend’s fixtures.
19: The Blues have netted 19 league goals in their opening six games – it took them 12 matches to reach that mark last season.
15: Didier Drogba has scored 15 goals in 15 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions. Luckily, the Ivorian is out injured and will not be able to feature in tomorrow’s game.
14: Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 Barclays Premier League games since defeat at Stamford Bridge in March. Let us hope history doesn’t repeat itself tomorrow.
11: Arsene Wenger has failed to win any of his 11 previous encounters with Jose Mourinho (D5, L6). The Special One is overdue for a loss against the Gunners, let’s hope Wenger can deliver!
On the brighter side, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 league games (W7, D4), although they have drawn four of their last five top-flight fixtures.
9: Chelsea have kept nine clean sheets in their last 11 Premier League home games. Stamford Bridge remains a fortress.
8: Diego Costa has scored eight goals in his first six Premier League appearances, a figure only Micky Quinn, with 10, can better in the division’s history (Sergio Aguero also hit eight).
7: Arsenal have won away at Stamford Bridge more often than any other visiting side in the Barclays Premier League (7). Time to make it eight maybe?
6: The Blues are unbeaten in their last six league and cup games against Arsenal (W4, D2), scoring 12 times and conceding just twice.
On the more positive side, Arsenal have recovered six points from losing positions this season. Unfortunately, so have Chelsea.
5: The Gunners’ last five Premier League wins at Stamford Bridge have seen them come from behind to win. Five of the seven league goals we have conceded this season have arrived before half-time.
So, anybody for a Danny Welbeck stoppage time winner tomorrow?